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    August 23, 2013
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>> this is "bbc world news america." funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu, newman's own foundation, giving all profits to charity and pursuing the common good for sony pictures, classic, now presenting "lou jasmine"- blue and union bank. >> at union bank, our relationship managers use her expertise. we offer expertise and a wide range of industries. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news."
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>> this is "bbc world news america" reporting from washington. president obama says the alleged chemical attack in syria is a big event of grave concern but the british take it a step further. course we do believe that this is a chemical attack by the assad regime on a large scale. >> 40 people are killed and hundreds wounded after two car explosions ripped through the lebanese city of tripoli. one photographer shows us the many ways in which martin luther king is portrayed across the u.s.. welcome to our viewers on public television in america and all
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and around the globe. a big event of grave concern, that is how president obama has described the alleged chemical attack outside of damascus earlier this week. the british foreign secretary has said in no uncertain terms that his government leaves that syrian regime attacked its own people. even russia has joined calls for leading you when inspectors investigate. letting you when .nvestigators in >> treating the injured from the alleged chemical attack in the damascus suburbs. adults and children, frantic medical workers. still unverified, but this new footage is from a syrian filmmaker. more tales of what exactly happened in a small hours of wednesday morning. of myfather, mother, all
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sisters and brothers come at least 50 neighbors collapse on the floor. i managed to bring my little sisters to the hospital. nothing is left. cars hittingw walls because the drivers lost consciousness as they tried to transport the victims for treatment. >> still no answer to the crucial questions, who did this, and was it really chemical weapons? in washington, president obama a bigning what happened event of grave concern. he urged the government to allow a full inquiry. the notion that the u.s. can solve what is a complex problem in syria is overstated. there is no doubt of that when you start seeing chemical weapons used on a large scale, is very troublesome. office in london, william hague directly blamed the syrian government. >> i know that some people
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would like to say that this is some kind of conspiracy run about by the opposition in syria. the chances of that are small. we do believe that this is a chemical attack by the assad regime on a large scale. bewould like the u.n. to able to assess that. >> this is not the only one. yesterday, turkey declared that all red lines have been crossed. france warned that fault may be needed. also assessing this as really troublesome. why is the american president weighing his words so carefully? once he gives the u.s. verdict, he faces a quandary. does he hold back from action? does he order the use of first -- the use of force, potentially making the crisis deeper?
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lashed out against what they called a wave of anti- syrian propaganda. they blamed rebel fighters for making the area where the attack took place to unsafe for you when inspectors to visit. the mains conference, syrian opposition coalition was swift to deny that. >> we have issued a statement committing to the safety and security of the when inspectors. we guarantee their safety and security, we want them to come in, we wanted the evidence to show, and we will do whatever it takes to protect them. this is apparently found in the vicinity and it may deteriorate leading you inspectors nothing to look through but ruins and rubble. >> for more on the international response to the event in syria, i spoke with the
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former u.s. state department spokesman tj crowley. let's take a look at the president's language. he said that this is of great concern but the american ability to solve the problem is overstated. action seem likely? >> i think that action is likely and necessary. a revised redline has clearly been crossed. the international community's credibility is at stake, president obama's credibility is at stake. >> we have heard of this redline crossed before, why is this different? >> the president president is looking to buy a little bit more time. is one thing,at what to do is another. we will look to some sort of punitive action. on the other hand, you want to send a message to wish our all assad, you want to punish him
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for this escalation. -- you want to send a message to punish bashar al-assad. >> he says he will not move forward without international consensus. how do you build that without the u.n., which is completely -- >> there is time to not only build the case, find out from the u n inspectors whether they will or will be allowed into the immediate area, but what can they find out about what happened. not be the united nations. in 1999, the u.n. was sidelined but you had nato. you go back to libya, the started with the invitation from the arab league. legitimizing vehicles are necessarily available, that means you will have to look at the countries turkey,round syria like jordan, israel. they will have to be the ones
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that validate whatever action is taken. >> this is clearly a very cautious president. without the u.n., without this mandate, will such a coalition be enough to spark any action from him? >> that is the conversation starting, the words of the foreign secretary on more important. france has joined in that call, so has turkey. he will need to not only build the case, but also find a way to work with russia. whatever happens, russia will react negatively if there is a direct response to what happened. what would punitive action look like in real terms? >> since there is no appetite either outside of syria or inside of syria for international boots on the ground, the options would probably be something like a cruise missile attack. the airbases or
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facilities that are directly related to this aspect of serious military capability which sends a message about getting the u.s. or other strong into becoming a direct participant into what is a complex civil war. turning to serious neighbor, lebanon, where health officials say at least 42 people have been killed and hundreds injured in two explosions. the attacks took place into mosques just as friday players were ending. >> worshipers listening to the preacher in a mosque when this happens. a powerful explosion. outside, widespread damage from the two blasts and is struck within minutes of each other. the cars are left ablaze, smoke
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billows up. emergency services struggled to do with the bloody aftermath that left many dead and hundreds injured. this man, a prominent local preacher was unharmed. it is thought he could have been a target of the attack. he has called on sunni muslim men to back the opposition forces in neighboring syria. he recently spoke to the bbc. ruling is a legitimate from god. there are repressed people in syria. women and children being, killed, and expelled. shouldt lebanese person help them and we will be rewarded by god. >> already, tripoli has seen clashes on the streets between sunnis and members of the sect loyal to the syrian president. this will only fuel tensions.
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the lebanese have long feared being drawn into serious violence. now, it seems their worst fears are being realized. >> a look now at some other news and there has been scattered protests in egypt by muslim brotherhood supporters amid a heavy deployment by the army and police. they sealed off many roads and squares and demonstrations were largely peaceful. the muslim brotherhood had urged its supporters to have a day of martyrdom after the friday player. a defense is being offered against corruption charges. he his wife crazy. crazy.called his wife his wife has been convicted of murdering a british national. the fund to urge the u.s., do easingand japan to urge
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policies. this will still needed to stimulate economic growth. in yosemite has tripled in size to more than 53,000 acres. the governor of california has declared a state of emergency and the fire has forced thousands of residents and tourists to flee the area. more than a thousand firefighters have been tackling the flames but they only managed to contain a tiny part of the fire. two major military court cases involving mass killings have been decided by juries. , major andchiatrist the dolphins was convicted on all counts for a killing rampage. hasan was convicted on all counts of a killing rampage. in a separate case, a staff
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sergeant received life without a role for killing 16 afghan civilians during a pair of raids last year. he had already pleaded guilty as part of an agreement to avoid the death penalty. torief time ago, i spoke our correspondent in los angeles. let's start with nadal. defense.t offer any presumably, it is not surprising that he was convicted. >> that's right. he was appointed lawyers and he said he would defend himself but he called no witnesses and he made no closing arguments. it was not surprising that he was going to come out with this guilty verdict. he actually admitted that he was the shooter, as he put it earlier in the trial. this is very much about whether this was an attack that was carried out in a premeditated way. that is an important phrase.
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those other charges, he was facing 45 in all. it means that because he had been found guilty, he could potentially face the death penalty. the sentencing hearing will start on monday. it will be another trial, bringing in other witnesses. he will be able to speak again. perhaps to use the opportunity to explain more about why he did what he did and then the decision will be if he should be put to death or if he should face life in prison. >> we still don't know why he did what he did. he chose not to take the stand. do we know any more about his motivation? >> it comes down to, this is a man who is an american-born muslim. he described the attack as him changing sides to attacking soldiers on their way to be deployed to afghanistan. he was due to go to afghanistan as well.
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the attorney suggested that he actually wants the sentence, some form of martyrdom. againstd it a jihad u.s. wars in iraq and afghanistan. many describe them hearing him shouting god is great before starting to shoot people or while he was shooting them. this seems to be the underlying reason for this. on islamic form of extremism, albeit homegrown. chance to speak will be at the sentencing hearing and perhaps then he will go into more detail as to what the motivation was for the attack. >> remind us briefly of the case of robert bales. >> this was last year. this was last march. he left his remote base in the province and went out in the middle of the night on two separate trips out to villages and houses in the area to shoot
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and kill and injure men, women, children. we heard at the sentencing hearing the gruesome details of how he shot people at close women and he attacked children. how he set fire to the bodies of those he killed before returning comes base as if he had back from accomplishing a mission. he had pleaded guilty to this as part of a deal that would see him not face the death penalty. this trial has been about whether or not he would be sentenced to life in prison with a chance of parole or without the chance. you heard from nine afghans who were flown over to give evidence. we heard him apologizing but he did not give any reason why he did what he did. he was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole. that is his last chance.
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>> thank you very much indeed for explaining. are watching "bbc world news to come -- ill steve ballmer is stepping down as head of microsoft. markets were pleased about. the 22-year-old photojournalist has been gang raped in the indian city of mumbai. five men took art in the attack and so far one has been arrested with more expected. a similar case last december drew international headlines. >> behind those bushes is where the photojournalist was gang raped last evening by five men according to the city police. she was here taking pictures along with a male colleague and was also assaulted by those male suspects. this is virtually in the heart of the city.
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there is a road on which office complexes are present. there is a railway station not very far away from here. the victim is in the hospital but authorities say she is in a stable condition. the minister in charge of security has promised that the offenders will be caught. >> this is a very serious incident. the accused will be arrested. >> catches have been released by the police, but the incident has shocked people in mumbai. in silent protest. >> the day-to-day level, the woman has to deal with this thing. >> this lowers my opinion of the male sex. safetyissue of women to in india has been in focus for many months now.
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, adecember last year nationwide protest after the gang rape of a student in new delhi. following these, the parliament had passed a tougher anti-rape law. many are going to question if this is actually working as a deterrent. >> is the world's biggest software company and today the search is on for a new boss for microsoft. a man who succeeded bill gates as the chief executive has .nnounced he will step down the markets seemed to cheer the news with shares rising nine percent perhaps reflecting the widespread criticism of his leadership. >> steve ballmer. what's one thing was never in hebt about steve ballmer,
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was energetic. >> i love this company. became was the year he chief executive. the man who had the task of filling bill gates shoes did keep the profits rolling. he seemed unable to respond to a fast-changing world. when steve jobs unveiled the iphone, steve ballmer was dismissive saying it was too expensive and business users would not want a phone without a keyboard. apple and google showed a new better. this former microsoft executive says the man at the top set the tone. >> i think there was a definite feeling of he could not grasp the mood faster or quicker than he was actually able to go. he was wedded to his particular type of operations and products and he felt that would continue
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almost forever. of course, in technology, that never happens. happened to the stock market value angered investors. it was worth over $500 billion. apple's was worth just 15 billion and google hadn't even made its stock market debut. today, apple is way ahead, worth over 450 billion and google's value has outstripped that of microsoft. its shares per up on the news of ballmer's and. last autumn, the embattled chief executive told me he was not complacent. >> everybody will always say that there is a chance to do better in any company. we will continue to work hard as a company to improve. >> for all of his enthusiasm, windows eight and the new surface tablet have not really excited consumers. now, microsoft is looking for a
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new boss who can point the company towards a more innovative future. >> the search is on at microsoft. starting tomorrow, a series of events will be held to mark the 50th anniversary of the march on washington. martin luther king delivered his famous i have a dream speech. from coast-to-coast, there are many murals bearing king's image. one photographer has spent the last 30 years traveling across america to discover how dr. king is portrayed by artists on the street. this is what he found. >> the images bear witness to their tremendous resilience and tremendous popularity of dr. king. while some of the other figures may fall down the wayside. martin luther king is always present.
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you had martin luther king very often with nelson mandela and with malcolm x. that was very common in the 90's. in los angeles, the company kept company with people like poncho via or cesar chavez. the first thing was the most amazing one, that was in los angeles and that had to do with martin luther king being painted by a commercial painter, sign painters that had actually never painted a black person before. there were also latinos. sometimes, you could only recognize them because they .rote mlk sometimes i would have to knock on the door of the place and say, who is that on the mural. they would say, that is martin is working.
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2009,d that closer to obama begins to appear in the picture. in one picture you have malcolm , andrtin luther king marcus garvey overlooking the image of obama as if they were his guardian angels. the images were there for many different purposes. in one case, the picture of martin luther king is poncho via, the owner of the store said he wanted to show vocal blacks that mexicans new how to cook fish. -- he wanted to show local blacks that mexicans new have to cook fish. often times, the head drug determine whether
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there would be a big martin luther king or whether they would be a big malcolm x. over the years, looking at some material, i have been amazed by the richness of it. photographer on the murals of martin luther king which he has photographed over the past three decades. that brings the broadcast to a close. you can continue to watch bbc world news for constant updates around the world on our 24-hour news network. simply check your local listings for our channel number. you can reach me and most of the team on twitter. and have for watching a good weekend.
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captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> woodruff: president obama called the alleged chemical weapons attack in syria a grave concern and added, "as difficult as the problem is, it will require america's attention." good evening, i'm judy woodruff. >> warner: and i'm margaret warner. on the "newshour" tonight, the united nations announced today one million children have been driven from syria by their country's bloody civil war. we take a closer look at the swelling number of refugees, particularly the young. >> woodruff: separate juries delivered guilty verdicts today in two high profile military cases. army major nadal hassan was convicted of murder for the deadly shooting spree aimed at unarmed u.s. soldiers at fort hood, texas.